A small town in Hawaii, Lihue has a population of just over 7,000. It's a nice place to settle down, as retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (20%) here than they do nationally (14%), while young adults are less well-represented. Overall, the town's population, with an average age of just over 42, skews older than most cities in Hawaii. Most Lihue residents own their homes, and 37% of residents rent. Renting remains an affordable option, though, as the town boasts a relatively low average rent of $1,145/month. Over the course of a year, renters in Lihue will save around $4,500 compared to the state average.
Compared to the Hawaii average, Lihue has a relatively high number of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees, as 8% have earned a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Furthermore, 12% have a Bachelor's degree. There are two primary industries in Lihue: retail and entertainment. Together, these industries account for 17% of the town's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 9% of residents work in sales, making it the top field in the town. With an average annual income of just under $86K, Lihue workers earn roughly the same as the average Hawaii resident. However, Lihue compares more favorably to the national average of $73,345.
Averaging about 19 minutes, Lihue's commute time is faster than the state average of about 30 minutes. Many residents (45%) commute to work by car, while public transit isn't used widely. Not many residents (2%) walk to work, though the number is greater than the national average.
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